DuBOIS — Despite three matches, two on back-to-back days, and the last coming after a rather long road trip, the DuBois Area High School volleyball team just kept chugging along as it wrapped up its week with a three-set, 25-11, 25-7, 25-19, victory over Brockway Thursday.
While DuBois’ toughest match of the week came against Hollidaysburg Monday, the Lady Beavers (7-0) still had to push through Wednesday’s road trip to Bradford and their match with Brockway Thursday. And, they still came through the long week crystal clean.
Not only is their record still a spotless 7-0 but the Lady Beavers have yet to lose a single set this season, recording 21-straight set victories.
In fact, neither the varsity nor the JV has yet to drop a single set.
“This is just like any sport,” DuBois head coach Jason Gustafson said. “It’s any team, any day. If you don’t come into the game ready to go, you can find yourself in a bad spot at any time. And, the girls are in a good mind set this year. They’re ready to play coming into any game. They’re not dragging their feet just trying to get going. They’re out there having fun and they’re ready to go.”
That certainly wasn’t helpful for the Lady Rovers’ chances.
Still, despite the one-sided scores, Brockway didn’t just roll over, the Lady Beavers certainly had to push, especially early.
But push they did, and it showed at the service line.
As the game went on, DuBois started to pop off runs of four or five points, regularly, leading to big scoring advantages.
“We put a lot of pressure on (Brockway) in the first two games at the service line,” Gustafson said. “Honestly, that’s been our lifeline this year. We’ve been doing a good job of challenging teams at the service line and keeping them out of their offense. Then it just kind of plays into our hands.”
DuBois senior Danessa Allison had eight service points, including two aces, despite going to the line just twice in two sets while fellow senior Lexi Ray had six points in just one turn. Junior Lexi Smith also added eight points from the line, including a five-point run to close out the second set.
DuBois got out of the gate quickly in the opening set as junior Kelli Hoffer spurred on a four-point service run which eventually led to a 6-2 lead.
Brockway got a couple of those back and closed to 6-4 on a kill by senior Kaitlyn Morelli but that was as close as the Lady Rovers could get.
DuBois senior Kylee Bundy ripped off four points after getting the ball back while Allison later added a run of six more to eventually open up an 18-5 advantage.
While Brockway got a couple back on a service from junior Jordan Faith, the Lady Beavers still took the opener 21-11.
A couple of quick points by Brockway senior Morgan Rendos helped the Lady Rovers to an early 3-2 lead in the second set before a wave of DuBois points came crashing down to push the Lady Beavers to a 25-7 victory.
DuBois elected to keep its four biggest guns off the floor in the third set, and the gap closed tremendously as the Lady Rovers stayed within two or three points for most of the set before finally giving way.
“The girls are learning,” Brockway head coach Crystal Powell said. “And the big thing is that we’re still learning how to work together as a team and communicate with one another. And they need to realize that sometimes they might respond differently with different teams but they still have to come together and work together as a team.”
Both teams will be back in action Monday. Brockway will host Redbank Valley, while DuBois welcomes St. Marys.